Rev. Amantha L Barbee is the pastor at the multi-ethnic congregation of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church (USA) in Decatur, GA. She also served Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, prior to her coming to the Atlanta area. She is gifted in worship arts. She was a vocal performance major at Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She is currently a doctoral student at Columbia Theological Seminary. Her love of music led her to 20 years of service as a church musician prior to seminary studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary where she earned the E.T. George Award for excellence in Homiletics and Worship.
She has a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary – Richmond, VA. Rev. Barbee loves the traditions of the church but has a passion for blended and multicultural worship. She served as a program director in an area women’s homeless center prior to her call to SAPC. Rev. Barbee serves the General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the Vice-Chair of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. She served as the moderator for Mission, Justice and Outreach and Racism Task Force for the Presbytery of Charlotte and seeks to lead harmony and justice within the presbytery which she fully believes will spread through the city. She is the recipient of the 2018 PCUSA Women of Faith Award PCUSA.
She is on the Board of Trustees for Montreat Conference Center and serves on the Strategy Team for NEXT Church. Rev. Barbee is the past chairperson for the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice. She is a supporter of the Women In Transition program at the YWCA and NW School of the Arts – Charlotte, NC. She often speaks to diverse audiences at the Jewish Temples, the Women’s March, community-wide interfaith services, city council meetings, Massanetta Springs, Montreat Women’s Conference, and many other venues. Rev. Barbee believes that she is a servant and you will find her door open, in the halls of the hospitals, at community functions, making speeches for the rights of others and having conversations with the patrons of the clothes closet. Rev. Barbee is an advocate for those with no or limited voice and does not shy away from any challenge.